Theodora Scarato, MSW

Executive Director - Environmental Health Trust (USA)

Theodora Scarato MSW is Executive Director of Environmental Health Trust (EHT), a scientific think tank that publishes research and educates policymakers on environmental health issues. EHT scientists are among the leading independent voices calling for reducing wireless worldwide. Scarato helped coordinate the 2019 US medical conference designed exclusively to train medical professionals on electromagnetic radiation.

Scarato has published research on EMF policy and is a lead policy analyst maintaining EHT’s renowned EMF policy database. She has presented at the National Institutes of Health, the New Hampshire State 5G Commission, the University of California, San Francisco and several international conferences.


International Governments Address the Health Issues Posed By Cell Phones, Wi-Fi, and 5G? A Review of International Policy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate exposure to electromagnetic fields from cell phones and cell antennas was undermined when Congress began to not allocate funding for this activity in the 1980s. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration shares regulatory authority over cell phones with the Federal Communications Commission and sets an exposure safety threshold solely based on avoiding thermal heating. However, by contrast, many nations world-wide have adopted a wide range of protective EMF policies in response to growing awareness of the health impacts posed by wireless radiation. Over a dozen countries recommend reducing wireless exposures to the head, and several restrict Wi-Fi in schools and have banned the sale of phones designed for young children. Over a dozen nations have recommended lower safety thresholds for extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF) for vulnerable places, such as schools and neighborhoods but the US has yet to set comparable safety limits on ELF exposure.

The French National Frequency Agency is testing phones as they are used- next to the body, and France has passed a comprehensive set of regulations that reduce wireless and provide transparency. The American Academy of Pediatrics and several medical organizations recommend reducing exposures to children and are calling for governments to ensure laws are adequate to protect children and pregnant women. The Berkeley Right to Know statute has been upheld by appellate courts, despite vigorous assaults by industry. The states of California and Connecticut have also provided guidance on why and how to reduce cell phone radiation exposures. Over 500 municipalities in Italy have passed official resolutions to halt the 5G rollout as well as several local governments across Europe. In the USA, several cities have passed ordinances to restrict 5G small cells near homes with setbacks for homes and schools. In Cyprus, a national education campaign was followed by the removal of Wi-Fi in pediatric units in Archosho Makarios hospital.

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Sunday 31 January 2021

International Governments Address the Health Issues Posed By Cell Phones, Wi-Fi, and 5G? A Review of International Policy